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HOW TO WRITE WITHOUT DISTRACTION: AN EASY 3-STEP PLAN

By Kathleen Rake

I admit it! I am easily distracted, even with a deadline looming. But, over the years, I have discovered a couple of tricks and one valuable tool to help me beat the distractions so I can keep to task and meet my deadlines.

  1. Turn off anything that rings, chimes, dings, clicks, or buzzes, except for #3 below. That way you won't be tempted to find out what's going on outside your focused bubble.
  2. Go to your computer with a full stomach and a large glass of water. If you are hungry or thirsty, you will find an excuse to get up. And, if you do that, you'll probably stop to do another task or two ... or five.
  3. Get and use a two-dollar kitchen timer. Set it for 20 or 30 minutes, or the time frame that works best for you. During that time, do nothing but your task at hand. Maybe it's writing ad copy or composing social media posts for the week. Maybe you have to bang out a couple of chapters of your book. Whatever your task, work it for the full 20 or 30 minutes. When the buzzer goes off (and scares you out of your wits), reward yourself with a tea break, some leg stretches, or a rapid repeat of another 20 or 30 minutes. You will be amazed at how much you get accomplished.

    Really.

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